The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

MUSI 2381 Jazz History

This course charts the history and development of jazz from its Africa roots to the present. Special attention will be given to pivotal figures in the history of jazz such as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. Representative recordings in various styles are selected for intensive analysis and connected to the other musics, currents in American and world cultures, and the contexts and processes of performance. Class time will be spent listening to, analyzing, and discussing a wide variety of recorded jazz performances and watching jazz films. It is chronological study of jazz styles, contributions of important performers, and musical techniques involved in the creation and performance of jazz music.



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